Chamillionaire Inks Deal With Universal Music Publishing

Rapper Chamillionaire has inked publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).

Through the exclusive deal the Houston rapper will be represented by one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.

With offices in 41 countries, UMPG currently owns or administers more than 1 million copyrights.

The addition of Chamillionaire to UMPG solidifies an already successful R&B/Hip-Hop roster, which includes 50 Cent, G-Unit, Ciara, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Ice Cube, Ludacris, Amerie, Ashanti and Mary J. Blige.

The signing comes after the success of Chamillionaire's platinum debut album, The Sound Of Revenge, which is the highest debut week of a new Universal album since 2003.

His new single, "Ridin'" featuring Krayzie Bone, currently sits at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In March of this year, Chamillionaire was tapped to serve as the new face of the spring 2006 tribute advertising campaign for Makaveli Branded, the official clothing line of the late Tupac Shakur.

Chamillionaire is also up for the "Best New Artist" category at this year's BET awards scheduled to take place on June 27 in Los Angeles.